Have you ever thought you were living a mediocre life? You know like, could this reaaaaaally be the best possible life you could live on earth? Are you living the abundant life that Christ came to give us? (John 10:10) or are you living one of limits? Wouldn’t you want to live abundantly if you could? What if I told you that you have the power to attain the best possible life God has in store for you? Yes, you. YOU have the power to live and experience life without limits.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” Ephesians 3:20
We’ve heard and proclaimed the passage above numerous times, probably more than we can even remember. Try to recall the moment when you replayed this passage in your mind, or heard it. What were you going through at the time? What circumstance was at hand when it was profoundly proclaimed from the pulpit? Financial lack, confusion, distrust, or doubt?
I’ll be honest, I used to declare it loosely when I was in need of financial breakthrough or in need of a reminder that the God I serve is mighty: “…exceedingly above all we ask or think,” I’d reflect “what an awesome God!” “AMAZING!”
We ask for comprehensible “miracles” and blessings; we subconsciously or consciously ask for things we consider easy for God to do as if anything is difficult for Him.
You see, the risk in loosely declaring bible passages is that we become like broken records and the power within the Word of God becomes one dimensional, which shouldn’t be! The Word of God is multidimensional; For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
In light of this word, I began to meditate more on Ephesians 3:20 and reiterated it with understanding. There is a part of the passage that we often ignore; we neglect to consider that piece of the puzzle in our moments of reassurance. “What piece?” you ask. The clause, the condition on which the entire passage stands…”according to the power that works within us.” Yup, the part that we accidentally or maybe conveniently forget to finish up. I can tell you that this part may be the second most important component of fully understanding this scripture. Let’s break it down shall we?
1. “To Him who is able…”: The Him in this regard refers to none other than Our King of Kings, Creator of the universe, G.O.D. we can rephrase this first part to be “To God who is able”
2. “…to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think”: This is our favorite part of the passage right? Our focus here is the word exceedingly. Synonyms for the word include greatly, enormously, surpassingly, and excessively. This implies that God is able to do excessively, enormously, and greatly, far above and beyond anything we could ever conceive in our limited, puny little human minds. That’s MIND BLOWING!
3. “According to the power that works within us.”: “according to” is synonymous to in line with or in agreement with. Here in lie both the finite and infinite. The finite aspect is the condition in itself. The entire passage seems tied to the clause; in essence conveying to us “you can receive more than you request, but only by doing this this and this…” But hold on a minute…stop to think about “the power that works within us.” Understanding this is key to unleashing the magnificence of the truth within the bible verse. It grants access to some unimaginable realities…to ABUNDANT LIFE! (John 10:10)
The power that works within us, the power that we as Christians have lies in our most holy faith. Faith is an essential component of each of our journey with our Lord and Savior. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists an that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Within that same chapter, Faith is defined as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen or not imagined.
So let’s review the verse considering some substitutions above:
“To God who is able to do excessively more than we could ever ask or think in line with our faith.”
Can we have a slight “come-to-Jesus” moment? Many of us, myself included, often pray for things we already believe are possible. We ask for comprehensible “miracles” and blessings; we subconsciously or consciously ask for things we consider easy for God to do as if anything is difficult for Him. In our moments of spirituality we become modest in exercising our faith and authority to “call forth things that are not as though they were.” Romans 4:17 Personally, I don’t think that our Heavenly Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth granted us the ability to have faith just so that it could be used in a limited capacity. If Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), cannot be boxed in what makes us think that the faith He begins and perfects in us can be boxed in? The devil is a liar!
Consider many of the miracles that Jesus performed while He was on earth, the beneficiaries of those miracles were required to have faith to receive the absolute miracles, healings, and blessings they needed. Take the woman with the issue of blood for example; after she pushed through the crowd with what I can only imagine was the most uncomfortable condition, she received total healing. Do you remember what she said? “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”(Matthew 9:21 NKJV) Once she reached out and touched Jesus’ garment check out His response: “But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And the woman was made well from that hour.” (Matthew 9:22 NKJV)
Another example is that of the blind Bartimaeus. “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ So Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ The blind man said to Him, ‘Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”(Mark 10: 47, 51-52 NKJV)
That’s some POWERFUL stuff! “Your FAITH has made you well.” How well does your faith make you? How much faith do you have?
Yes, Jesus did say “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed and say to the mountain ‘be cast into the sea’ it shall be done.” But does that mean that our faith should forever be as little as a mustard seed? How can we claim spiritual growth while we have stagnant faith? The more we abide in Christ we should hope to progress in spiritual maturity; our faith should progress just as a human progresses from a baby who needs milk to a man (or woman) who eats solid food (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Let’s enter into another realm in our relationship with God and in the way we exercise our power as a royal priesthood, Sons and Daughters of God. It’s high-time we broke out of the mold in which we’ve placed ourselves; it’s about time we asked for the unimaginable from an unchangeable and an unstoppable God. The God we serve is able to do MORE than whatever we can conjure up in our puny minds…THINK ABOUT IT! How limitless is that?! You and I have the option and every ability to live abundant lives that aren’t limited to only wealth and prosperity. Could you imagine living a life that transcends worldly prosperity?! I am challenging you to power up your faith, take the limits off; GET AMPED!
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey